Archive, October 2015.
When spouses separate, it is possible that one spouse will need financial support. Illinois law provides courts with specific guidelines for determining the amount and duration of spousal maintenance.
Posted in Spousal Maintenance | Tagged DuPage County family law lawyer Illinois alimony law permanent maintenance rehabilitative maintenance spousal maintenance spousal maintenance award temporary maintenance
When a couple has a child and they are not married, it is important that the father of the child establishes paternity. Establishing paternity is different than creating a bond with a child—paternity creates an important legal relationship between a father and child.
Posted in Paternity | Tagged child visitation DuPage County parentage attorneys establish paternity fathers rights Illinois child custody Illinois paternity
The Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act allows for legal separation. Legal separations are not very common, since the expense of a legal separation is similar to a divorce. However, it is possible that a couple may prefer legal separation over divorce.
Posted in Family Law | Tagged divorce settlement DuPage County divorce attorney Illinois family law legal separation separation process
New changes to the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act will go into effect in January 2016. The Act establishes rules for marriage, separation, divorce, custody, and child support in Illinois. Changes in the marriage act will update the grounds for divorce, eliminate reconciliation requirements and reduce the period of time a divorcing couple is required to wait before seeking a divorce.
Posted in Divorce | Tagged divorcing couples DuPage County divorce attorneys fault-based divorce no fault divorce Senate Bill 57 uncontested divorces
Through a stepparent adoption, the natural child of one spouse becomes the legal child of the other spouse. Once a child is adopted, there are no legal differences between the natural children and children from another marriage. If you are considering adopting your stepchild, there are a few factors to consider to help your family through the process.
Posted in Adoption | Tagged adoption proceedings DuPage County adoption lawyers Illinois family law related adoption stepparent adoption
Making decisions about child custody during a divorce can be difficult. Making these decisions is even more complex when domestic violence is involved. While an abusive relationship may be limited to the relationship between two adults, there is no way to know the effect domestic violence may have on your child.
Posted in Visitation | Tagged abused child abusive parent visitation child custody child visitation domestic violence DuPage County child visitation attorneys Illinois Domestic Violence Act supervised visitation
When a couple decides to divorce or separate, they have to figure out issues regarding their children. Of course, a child’s primary residency and child support payments are both critical issues. The dissolution of a marriage creates a new family dynamic for the parents and their child. These dynamics will continue to change over time. It is possible that the parent responsible for paying child support may need to request a modification to child support. As family dynamics change, parents should understand how a court will examine a request to modify a child support order.
Posted in Child Support | Tagged child support guidelines child support modification child support order child support payments Illinois law non-custodial parent
This fall, important aspects of Illinois family law will change. SB57 is Illinois' effort to change the way family law is practiced in Illinois.
Posted in Family Law | Tagged DuPage County divorce attorneys Illinois family law changes joint simplified divorce non-marital property parental responsibilities SB57
Today, it is very common for children to live with grandparents, aunts, uncles, or even adult siblings. This often happens when a child’s biological parents are not present in his or her life. Most times, these circumstances start as a temporary option; however, they often grow into permanent arrangements. In situations like this, the biological parents maintain their parental right unless legal action is taken to gain custody of the child.
Posted in Guardianship | Tagged DuPage County child custody attorneys guardianship for non-parents guardianship petition guardianship relationship parental rights physical custody
Prenuptial agreements, also known as prenups, constitute a special type of contract between prospective spouses. Prenups are different than other types of contracts, which are legal if there was a “meeting of the minds” when the contract was formed; specifically, prenups allow both parties to take a second look at the terms of the agreement. Yet what does this mean if you are considering signing a prenup? It means that your prenup has to be fair and reasonable at the time you need to use it—when you divorce. It is possible that at the time of enforcement a court could find an …
Posted in Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements | Tagged DuPage County divorce attorneys Illinois divorce invalid prenuptial agreement prenuptial agreement unenforceable prenup
Illinois’ Grandparent Visitation Act provides grandparents with a limited right to request visitation with their grandchild. Unlike visitation granted to a parent, the law makes it clear that grandparent visitation is a privilege, not a right.
Posted in Visitation | Tagged child custody custodial parent DuPage County visitation lawyers grandparent visitation request visitation
Adoption is a great opportunity for a family to expand. Adoption is a particularly great option for potential adoptive parents who are related to the child. Related adoption, or kinship adoption is one of the most common methods of adoption in Illinois. Illinois adoption law requires state-funded agencies to make reasonable efforts to identify and locate a child's relative when the child needs to be place outside the home. This has made related adoptions the preferred method of placement for agencies, as they are required to give preference for children in need of placement.
Posted in Adoption | Tagged DuPage County adoption lawyers foster care kinship adoption potential adoptive parents related adoption